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Bells of Summer Carillon Concert

Please join us for the 57th annual Bells of Summer concert series! Bring your summer picnic and blanket or chairs to the east lawn to enjoy the beautiful sound of the bells, played by virtuoso carillonists from around the world. In the event of inclement weather, you are welcome to take your picnic indoors and listen to the recital broadcast into the chapel with both audio and video. Stay after the concert for a tower tour! The tour departs promptly at 6:05 pm from the east entrance of the tower.

The Bells of Summer
A poem for Wylie Crawford, University Carillonist 1984-2015

The Bells of Summer are summer itself:
all urgent tasks aside;
moments stayed by sounds sustained
and sent back;
air cleansed of noise by gentle motions
in cups of bronze,
the lightness of being conveyed
in rhythms of measured stress, without strain;
the wily musician of struck bells,
master and foreman of their perfection,
modestly out of sight through forty-one summers,
comes into sight, and to our right praise.

—Bernard O. Brown, fourth Dean of Rockefeller Chapel

August 6: Laura Ellis, Professor and Associate Director, University of Florida

August 13: Alex Johnson, University Carillonist, University of Chicago


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